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Anna Quindlen, Cornel West, Sandy Lerner, Maggie Lane, Elaine Bander, Juliet McMaster, Susan Allen Ford, Marcia McClintock Folsom, and many other excellent speakers will be talking about “Sex, Money and Power in Jane Austen’s Fiction” in New York next weekend. I’m really looking forward to hearing them at this year’s JASNA AGM.

Among the many interesting speakers on the program are Elsa Solender, former President of JASNA, who will talk about her new novel Jane Austen in Love; Nancy Magnuson, College Librarian at Goucher College, who will survey the history of JASNA as an organization; and Declan Kiely, the Robert H. Taylor Curator and Department Head of Literary and Historical Manuscripts at The Morgan Library and Museum, who will talk about The Morgan’s collection of Austen letters and manuscripts. And there’s a Regency Ball on Saturday night, and a run (or walk) to the Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday morning.

There’s also a FREE public lecture by Annette LeClair, called “In Search of the Real Jane Austen: What Does Sex, Money & Power Have to Do With It?” Anyone interested in attending is invited to email jasna2012A@gmail.com to reserve a seat. Annette’s talk is on Thursday, October 4th, from 1-2pm at the conference hotel, the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge. For more information on this event and two Austen-related concerts that are also open to the public, please visit the JASNA 2012 AGM public programs page.

For the first time, several members of the Nova Scotia Region of JASNA will be attending. This is very exciting because usually there are just two or three of us. Looking forward to seeing you all there! My dear friends Sheila Johnson Kindred (Saint Mary’s University) and Hugh M. Kindred (Dalhousie University) will give a talk on Saturday, October 6th on “Naval Prize, Power, and Passion in Persuasion” that draws on their extensive research into the career of Jane Austen’s brother, Captain Charles Austen. And I’ll talk about my favourite and second-favourite novelists, Jane Austen and Edith Wharton, on Friday, October 5th: “‘Nothing against her, but her Husband & her Conscience’: Jane Austen’s Lady Susan in Edith Wharton’s Old New York.”